In his 2013 State of the Union speech, President Obama didn’t overtly say the EPA would regulate carbon emissions of current power plants, but he didn’t sidestep his obligation to address climate change, either. He promised to tackle climate change and challenged Congress to join him. Over the next year, we’ll see if they rise to the occasion.
“[T]onight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an energy security trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good,” the President said. Using some of the billions of dollars the government takes in from the fossil fuel industry to advance renewable energy is being applauded by some environmentalists as a step in the right direction.
Two polls released after the speech indicate that the majority of Americans want the government to take action against climate change.
The day after the State of the Union address, Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, answered questions about President Obama’s environmental policies sent from Americans via social media. Watch the 30-minute video here.